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Take Advantage of the Region's Natural Resource

The Oil and Gas Industry!

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians, commonly known as instrumentation and electrical (I&E) technicians, are a must-have when it comes to the continued operation of many businesses. They install, maintain, and repair automated equipment vital to functioning of manufacturing and industrial plants as well as for pipeline systems and power generation companies and many other high tech operations. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians are in constant demand in the Gulf Coast region. The demand for electrical and electronic technicians translates into outstanding career opportunities for individuals entering into the workforce as well as individuals with an electronic background looking to change careers.

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • Take advantage of the region's natural resource, the oil and gas industry!  What better place to begin a career as a geological/petroleum technician?  Electrical and electronic engineering technicians, commonly known as instrumentation and electrical (I&E) technicians, are a must-have when it comes to the continued operation of many businesses. They install, maintain, and repair automated equipment vital to functioning of manufacturing and industrial plants as well as for pipeline systems and power generation companies and many other high tech operations. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians are in constant demand in the Gulf Coast region. The demand for electrical and electronic technicians translates into outstanding career opportunities for individuals entering into the workforce as well as individuals with an electronic background looking to change careers.Rising oil and gas prices are spurring increased activity beyond expectations
  • A growing and aging population
  • A workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • Difficulty in attracting new entries into the workforce

 


The Future for Geological Technicians is Bright

Original Estimates reflect a growth rate of 29% Percent over 10 years and all indications of this have been underestimated! Conservative estimates show the Gulf Coast Region needs to train 180 geological and petroleum technicians every year.

The average annual wage for geological and petroleum technicians was more than $68,000 in 2014 with many earning more. Don't forget, current demand may very well drive  salaries even higher in the future!

The average annual wage for geological and petroleum technicians was more than $55,000 in 2011 with many earning more than $70,000. Don't forget, current demand may very well drive  salaries even higher in the future! Plan Early for a Career as a Geological or Petroleum Technician

Many employers prefer individuals who have at least two years of specialized training or an associate's degree in applied science or science-related technology. Some require a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or may hire individuals that have taken several science and math courses at a four-year college. Many technical and community colleges offer specific associate's degrees or more general education in science and mathematics. Vocational schools or technical institutes offer training with length of programs varying from one-year certificates and two-year associate's degrees.

Look for training opportunities at:

  • Community colleges
  • Universities
  • Vocational-technical institutes

Advancement Opportunities Waiting for those Willing to Drill Deeper!

Career advancement usually depends on job performance, technical-skill level, education, length of employment, and the ability to supervise. Candidates may become specialized, branch into other related occupations, or move up into management positions:

  • With additional training or education may advance to geological or petroleum engineer
  • Senior level positions with greater responsibility and higher pay
  • Supervisory or management positions

Preparing for a Career as a Geological or Petroleum Technician*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
N/A

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Engineering Principals

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Geology

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Problems and Solutions in Technology or Research Design and Development

Calculus

Fine Arts

AP Physics

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Gulf Coast Region Geological and Petroleum Technician Programs  Most community colleges and universities offer degree programs in applied sciences. Although certificate or associate degree programs specific to geological and petroleum technicians are not offered by local colleges, the following universities offer 4-year degree programs in petroleum engineeringGulf Coast Region Geological and Petroleum Technician Programs

Most community colleges and universities offer degree programs in applied sciences. Although certificate or associate degree programs specific to geological and petroleum technicians are not offered by local colleges, the following universities offer 4-year degree programs in petroleum engineering:

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Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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